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Michael S. Williams
Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

Sprinkler summit attendees gear up for networking, sharing best practices

By Mike Hazell One of the best things about events like today’s Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit, being held in Vancouver, WA, is the opportunity to meet with colleagues, fellow sprinkler advocates, and some of the nation’s most respected experts…

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Back in class, fire safety experts get a lesson in terminology

By Lisa Braxton There’s a new twist on the “swear jar” this week at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Fire officials and fire and life safety educators participating in the Urban Fire and Life Safety–Issues and Solutions class…

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All about home fire sprinklers: Washington and Oregon coalitions host one-day sprinkler summit

By Mike Hazell Participants arrive at Heathman Lodge for the first-ever Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit. The Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit, being held today at Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, is providing sprinkler advocates with the latest information and…

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Home fire sprinkler demonstration to be held in Plano, TX

By Mike Hazell Plano (TX) Fire-Rescue will stage a side-by-side residential fire sprinkler demonstration this Saturday, September 20, during the Plano Balloon Festival. The event will demonstrate the powerful role residential fire sprinklers play in controlling home fires. It will…

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Remembering When materials are available in Spanish and Mandarin

By Lisa Braxton The Remembering When program just got better! Support materials for the fire and fall prevention program for older adults are now available in Spanish and Mandarin. You can download prevention message cards, safety tip sheets, home safety…

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New Sparky the Fire Dog mobile app takes the #2 spot in the iTunes App Store

By Lauren Backstrom Sparky the Fire Dog and his friends set out to solve a mystery in The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, a new free app that teaches kids fire-safety skills in a way that’s both educational and…

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Dangers of cooking and alcohol consumption highlighted during Campus Fire Safety Month

By LisaMarie Sinatra It’s widely known that drinking and driving don’t mix, but not much has been said about the dangers of drinking and cooking. Yup, you heard right … accidents can and do happen in the kitchen when alcohol…

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As the weather changes firefighters remind residents about heating safety

By Lisa Braxton Temperature have begun to dip in some parts of the country, which means that people are switching on furnaces and space heaters for the first time in months. In today’s edition of the Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau…

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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s Peg Paul named Advocate of the Year

By Fred Durso, Jr. Spend a few minutes talking home fire sprinklers with Margaret “Peg” Paul, and you’ll immediately notice an innate passion that extends beyond her simply doing a job. She’s an educational tour de force, literally bringing the…

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Fire chief who championed for sprinkler requirements witnesses the fruits of his labor

By Fred Durso, Jr. More than 25 years ago, Long Grove, Illinois, became the first Chicagoland community with an ordinance in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, an effort led…

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